Explosive Second Quarter Lifts Jeffs Past Colby, 13-9

Explosive Second Quarter Lifts Jeffs Past Colby, 13-9

WATERVILLE, Maine – The No. 7 Amherst College men's lacrosse team scored six times in the second quarter and had three players finish with three goals to help the Jeffs stake a 13-9 victor over Colby College Saturday afternoon at Bill Alfond Field.

With the win, Amherst improves to 12-1 overall, 7-1 in NESCAC Action, while Colby moves to 6-5 on the season, 2-5 in league play.

Amherst scored the opening goal of the game just 34 seconds into the contest as Chris Albanese '17 found the back of the net on a feed from Dylan Park '16 to give the Jeffs a 1-0 lead. After Austin Frank answered for Colby, right off the ensuing faceoff, Park found Kane Haffey '16 who netted a man-up goal for the Purple & White to give Amherst a 2-1 edge with 12:29 to play in the first stanza. From there, the Mules tabbed five straight goals as Sam Wasserman, John Grimaldi, Derek Youngman, Mark Philipps and Jack Bratches each tallied a goal to give Colby a 6-2 cushion. Austin Sayre, Jeff Vaz and Youngman provided helpers during the run for the Mules.

With 28 seconds left in the quarter, Park delivered his first goal of the game on a feed from Connor Crump '16 to set the score at 6-3.

In the second frame, Youngman extended the Colby lead back to four goals following a dish from Sayre at the 11:51 mark to make it 7-4. Amherst then came storming back as Michael Litner '16 capitalized on a freed from Quinn Moroney '16 on an extra-man opportunity to start a string of six straight goals by the Jeffs. Albanese added his second goal of the game (assisted by Crump), before Moroney drove in a goal of his own to make it 7-6 with 5:18 to play in the second quarter. Back-to-back markers by Haffey, assisted by Albanese and Moroney respectively, gave the Purple & White an 8-7 lead, and Moroney's second goal of the period just before the halftime buzzer set the score at 9-7 after 30 minutes.

In a tightly played third period, Albanese netted the only goal of the frame at the 11:20 mark to set the score at 10-7 in favor of the Jeffs heading into the final 15 minutes of action.

Colby responded with the first two goals of the fourth quarter as Grimaldi scored on a feed from Sean Dougherty with 12:41 to play, before Philipps pulled the Mules to within one following a pass from Youngman with the man-advantage to make it 10-9 with 4:05 to play. Amherst was able to put the game out of reach as Matt Killian '17 found nylon on a feed from Eric Grein '15 with 2:09 on the clock, while Park tacked on two more at the 1:05 mark on a dish from Albanese, and then unassisted with 18 seconds remaining to set the final score at 13-9.

Moroney and Ryan Cassidy '16 finished with four groundball pickups, while Albanese, Matthew Virgilio '15 and Rob Butko '16 added three each. Cassidy and Crump caused three and two turnovers respectively in the winning effort.

Cody Tranbarger '17 picked up the win between the pipes and made 11 saves, including four each in the first two frames.

Frank tallied 13 groundballs for Colby, while Hunter Moore added five. Kenny Jacobson and Graham Lian finished with three caused turnovers each. Tyler Will made 21 saves in goal for the Mules as Amherst outshot Colby, 41-37.

Amherst returns to NESCAC action Saturday, April 18 when it hosts Tufts University at 1 p.m. at Pratt Field.